Monthly Archives: November 2012

Board Votes Against Heli-Skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park

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New Assisted Living Center Offers More Choice For Seniors

A new senior center is set to open next spring in Soldotna, part of a growing industry on the Kenai Peninsula. Partners from Riverside Assisted Living, who are constructing two of three new senior housing centers on the central peninsula, pitched their new facility at a presentation Friday morning at the Kenai Senior Center. Continue reading

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Parnell: Mutual Responsibility Between State, Industry Will Ensure Safety In Developing Cook Inlet Energy

Talk about fishing got most of the attention during Governor Sean Parnell’s most recent visit to the Kenai Peninsula, but he did make some time to discuss some of the issues surrounding energy production in Cook Inlet. Continue reading

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Parnell Announces $30 Million Salmon Study in Kenai

Governor Sean Parnell visited Kenai Tuesday to meet with local officials, mingle with residents and make a $30 million announcement.  That’s the amount the Governor is proposing to spend on a five-year Chinook Salmon Research Initiative. Listen: A room filled … Continue reading

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The Economics of Fisheries Closures in 2012

Commercial fishermen and others who felt the economic effects of this year’s fishing season on the Kenai Peninsula are still grasping for a full understanding of how, and how much, these industries contribute to the local economy. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has taken the first steps in putting together an economic study that might provide that understanding.
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Animal Rescue Issues Heard At Borough Assembly

With just a few non-controversial items on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s Borough Assembly meeting, there was an opportunity for the Assembly to hear some public testimony and recognize the efforts of one certain championship football team.
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Soldotna Native Has A Shot At $100K Prize

One of Soldotna’s own has been chosen to compete for a $100,000 scholarship during this year’s PAC-12 Championship football game on November 30th.
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From The Headlines: Study Links High Turbidity To High Boat Traffic

Last week, Peninsula Clarion Reporter Rashah McChesney wrote about a preliminary study done by the Kenai Watershed Forum in contract with the Department of Environmental Conservation identifying a link between increased boat traffic on the Kenai River and increased turbidity levels that exceed state standards for water quality Continue reading

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A New Paradigm: Salmon Task Force Meets In Soldotna

The Task Force organized in October to address issues related to the Department of Fish and Game’s king salmon management plan met for the first of four meetings Friday at Kenai Peninsula College.
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Slow Vehicle Turnouts Planned For Sterling Highway Between Soldotna, Homer

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is developing a Highway Safety Improvement Program project that will construct Slow Vehicle Turnouts on the Sterling Highway. The project would add 22 of the turnouts to reduce injuries and fatalities between Soldotna and Bay Crest Hill in Homer. Continue reading

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SoHi Hands Homer First Hockey Loss Of Season

The Homer High hockey team is off to the best start in school history. The Mariners took their undefeated 6-0 record into North Star Conference play Tuesday night, in a tough battle against the rival Soldotna Stars. Continue reading

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Report: One-Third Of KPBSD Students Overweight Or Obese

About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese – that according to a new study published by the Alaska Division of Public Health. Continue reading

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SoHi Presents – “Flowers for Algernon”

Young thespians at Soldotna High School were putting the finishing touches on their performance of the play ‘Flowers For Algernon’ Wednesday morning Continue reading

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State Revises Revenue Loss Estimate For Commercial Fishermen

Congress has just a few weeks to act on the request for federal disaster aid to local fishermen affected by this year’s historically low run of king salmon. The Alaska congressional delegation Tuesday received some updated information that paints a more detailed picture of just what those effects were. Continue reading

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Remembering On Veteran’s Day

Sunday marked the 94th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The day was celebrated as Armistice Day until 1954 when the day was set aside to recognize the service of all veterans. Continue reading

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Celebrating Salmon Through Song and Verse

As a follow up to last week’s salmon celebration at Kenai Peninsula College that featured a presentation on the importance of salmon to subsistence cultures by Dr. Alan Boraas, this week’s presentation, sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, was an artistic outlet for the fishing culture. Continue reading

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FTC Investigation Into Hilcorp, Marathon Deal Closed

The energy company Hilcorp has announced another step toward finalizing its acquisition of Cook Inlet assets from Marathon. The transaction had been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, but that investigation has closed and the deal will move forward as South Central Alaska braces for a possible natural gas shortage in the coming years. Continue reading

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Giessel, Seaton Take Peninsula Senate Races

The Kenai Peninsula had only two contested legislative races in Tuesday’s general election – the race for Senate District N on the northern peninsula and the race for House District 30 on the southern peninsula. Continue reading

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A Right, A Privilege, A Duty: Kenai Votes

Voters across the country filled polling places Tuesday to cast ballots for local and national elections alike. We spent some time at the Kenai Senior Center Tuesday to speak with people after they’d made their voice heard in the democratic process. Continue reading

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Resource Development And Subsistence Living: What One Means To The Other.

As modern development speeds toward some of the last truly subsistence-based economies and tribes in the world, researchers are working to better understand this way of life. Two anthropologists from Kenai Peninsula College have been working on a project just like that for the past two years and recently presented what they learned in Soldotna. Continue reading

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Kenai City Council To Address In-Town Hen Houses

Later this week, the Kenai City Council will take a look at a proposal to amend the city’s code as it relates to livestock regulations within city limits. The amendment, if adopted, would make it a little easier for fans of farm-fresh eggs to maintain a steady supply.
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Kenai Peninsula Well Represented on Salmon Task Force

Membership for the task force charged with finding new ways to manage salmon fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet has been released. The 11-member group includes several representatives from the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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